After Manchester United defeated their English Premier League rivals Liverpool 3-1 in the championship game of the Guinness International Champions Cup, the captain of Manchester United Wayne Rooney was named the player of the tournament prior to the trophy being handed to the team.
Rooney ended the tournament with three goals, and five overall in the preseason. His third and final goal of the tournament came in tonight’s final in the 55th minute to equalize with Liverpool. The goal was yet another reminder that Rooney remains at the top of the sport as one of the greatest players in the world.
If you missed his goal in tonight’s final, you can check out the GIF right here.
The game started off fast for Manchester United, but they faltered on early chances in the first half. In the fifth minute, Javier Hernandez missed a wide open goal on a wonderful cross from a teammate. Only minutes later Liverpool was granted a penalty which captain Steven Gerrard sunk in the back of the net to take the 1-0 lead into half time.
In the second half it was all Manchester United as they dominated Liverpool for the entirety of the 45 minutes. First Rooney scored the equalizer in dramatic fashion, and just two minutes later Juan Mata sunk in a wonderful shot to give his team the 2-1 lead.
From then on, Liverpool seemed defeated and Manchester United pounced. In the 88th minute, Jesse Lingard finished off the game with his dagger of a goal. Lingard benefited from a tricky pass from Shinji Kagawa, and was able to sink the shot with his right foot.
The tournament win will certainly give Manchester United a ton of momentum going into their regular season in three weeks.